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© Ian Wright, 1964
Today a Knight of the Realm, Sir Cliff spent a lot of time in Stockton during the late 50s and early 60s performing with his group, The Shadows. They became so attached to Stockton, they wrote a hit song, "Stars Fell On Stockton." In April 1964, I took this photograph of Cliff in the dressing room at the Globe Theatre where he was making one of his countless appearances. I have no idea the identity of the woman to whom he’s singing, "Living Doll,” but I do remember she was a great sport, posing for the picture. During this time, Cliff was basking in the success of his concept for the UK’s first pop musical, "Summer Holiday." One of the film’s songs, "The Young Ones," was a huge hit and the film, starring Cliff and The Shadows, Una Stubbs, Mervyn Hayes and Ron Moody. broke all box office records. Everyone loved the story where all the characters danced and sang their way through a European summer while living on a double decker bus which they bought from the Darlington Borough Council.
Hand printed from the photographer's original 5x4 negative